Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

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Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

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FILE - From left are 2017 file photos showing Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio. The Browns’ three-way quarterback competition moves onto a larger stage as the team conducts a scrimmage at FirstEnergy Stadium, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Brock Osweiler will start the Browns preseason opener Thursday night against the Saints, coach Hue Jackson announced Monday morning.

The Browns have four quarterbacks — Osweiler, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan — in camp vying for the starting job.

“At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against the Saints on Thursday night,” Jackson said in a release. “A lot goes into our evaluation but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense. You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn’t really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints.

Cody will be the second quarterback to take the field followed by DeShone and then Kevin. I’m pleased with the way our quarterbacks have competed and improved throughout the offseason and training camp. We are going to see a lot more of all of them this preseason and everyone in that room still has the chance to earn more opportunities and the right to lead our team as the starter when the regular season begins on September 10th.”

The Browns, who finished 1-15 in Jackson’s first season, open the regular season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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